Athens in Paris: Ancient Greece and the Political in Post-War French Thought

Hardcover | February 9, 2006

byMiriam Leonard

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Athens in Paris explores the ways in which the writings of the ancient Greeks played a decisive part in shaping the intellectual projects of structuralism and post-structuralism - arguably the most significant currents of thought of the post-war era. Miriam Leonard argues that thinkers inpost-war France turned to the example of Athenian democracy in their debates over the role of political subjectivity and ethical choice in the life of the modern citizen. The authors she investigates, who include Lacan, Derrida, Foucault, and Vernant, have had an incalculable influence on thedirection of classical studies over the last thirty years, but classicists have yet to give due attention to the crucial role of the ancient world in the development of their philosophy.

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Athens in Paris explores the ways in which the writings of the ancient Greeks played a decisive part in shaping the intellectual projects of structuralism and post-structuralism - arguably the most significant currents of thought of the post-war era. Miriam Leonard argues that thinkers inpost-war France turned to the example of Athenia...

Miriam Leonard is Lecturer in Classics, University of Bristol.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.85 inPublished:February 9, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199277257

ISBN - 13:9780199277254

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Introduction1. Oedipus and the Political Subject2. Antigone between Ethics and Politics3. Socrates and the Analytic CityEpilogue: Reception and the Political

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"A young scholar's impressively ardent account of more measured Parisian bagarres, between scholars and philosophes--from Vernant to Levi-Strauss, Foucault to Derrida, Vidal-Naquet to Lacan--and of their competitive re-visions of ancient Greek myths and texts."--Frederic Raphael, Times Literary Supplement (Books of the Year)